Weekend Breaks to St. Ives
Planning a short break to St. Ives? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in St. Ives. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to St. Ives. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in St. Ives on a Short Break
Located in Barnoon Hill is the studio of the late Dame Barbara Hepworth which she bequeved as a museum.
The museum houses much of her art work from 1928 till her death in 1975, also the story of her life is well covered. The attractive gardens contain 47 of her sculptures.
One can combine a visit here with The Tate Gallery at Porthmeor Beach.
Located in the perfect place on Porthmear Beach with outstanding sea views. The Tate is a smaller version of it's main branch in London. St Ives is well known as an artists colony and the gallery showcases painting and sculpture mainly from the mid 1900s. Some very fine work adorns the gallery and it is popular exhibit.
More info is at: www.tate.org.uk
Down the coast a short way is this beautiful typical English village unspoilt by tourism (Although many come here). The very cute stone cottages date back to the 13th century and it looks like time has stood still. The area is known for its sub tropical flora and you can even see one or two palm trees. A good way to enter the village is by the regular ferry over the Roseland Peninsula.
This would be a day trip from St Ives via the pretty villages and coastal coves to the most westerly point of mainland Britain. Very popular with visitors obviously. Plenty to see and do apart from the stunning sea and cliff vistas. Visit the first and last house, museums, the excellent interactive film, Animal farm for the children, gift shops, coffee shops, restaurants. Everyone will find some joy here.
This well established hotel is in the perfect position in the Warren, boasting a panoramic view of the bay. The house was originally built for the pay master for the tin mines in the 1870s and converted into a hotel about 60 years later.
The rooms are comfortably furnished and all have TVs and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a pool and sun decks, first class restaurant and cosy bar.
Please visit: www.westcountryhotelrooms.co.uk
A good day trip from St Ives close to the town of Helston is this theme park that offers so much more. The rides range from white knuckle to kiddies roundabouts. The Victorian Village is a faithful re-creation of life in a genuine Victorian village with 50 shops and houses, so walk the cobbled streets and absorb the sights, sounds and smells of days gone by. The Blitz Museum is a similar re-creation of wartime Britain, feel the atmosphere as you walk the just bombed streets.
To obtain more information visit www.flambards.co.uk
Why not put on your walking shoes and hike the rugged northern Cornish coast to Zennor. The hike of a few Kms takes you from St Ives via the coastal path to the little village of Zennor, that has an interesting legend concerning mermaids. In general the Cornish coastal paths enjoy magnificent views, hidden sandy coves and delightful Cornish villages.
Some walks may be strenuous, but the Tourist Information Office will give you much more info; www.stives-cornwall.co.uk
Located in nearby St. Austell, This is also a must see in the area and home to the largest greenhouse in the world. Explore the tropical areas of the world in the climate controlled environment. The visitor is able to go from the canopy of a Brazilian Rain Forest to the Desert, Med, California, sub tropical Africa. This is about education, entertainment and understanding how humans are endangering our beautiful world.
For details go to: www.edenproject.com
Located at the harbour, this well patronised restaurant offers an amazing menu that ranges from a traditional Cornish Cream Tea (You will not find an eating place that does not offer this institution and it must be tried), to fish and chips, Vegetarian, Grills, Mexican and of course sea food. a fine selection of wines and beverages as well as lovely beach views complete a very satisfying experience.
For details visit www.stivesharbour.com/thebeach
This is the towns beach and it is perfect for families with it's soft sand and safe swimming. Surfers well catered for at the numerous surf shops. It is the premier surfing beach in Britain, but you won't find 20 ft waves, just small and gentle 3 footers most of the time
There is a surf school on the beach for the rookie and on those rainy days a fine museum stands on the beach, the visitor can browse through 200 years of local history through photos and artefacts.
Information available at www.cornishlight.co.uk/st-ives
Paradise Park - Children
Mini theme park and zoo. A fantastic day out for families with younger children, and only 15 minute drive from St Ives. 10/10
Rollers Roller Disco - Children
Every Saturday at the Guildhall in St Ives. Fun skate games and disco skate sessions from 11.00am until 7.30pm for all children's ages plus their parents and suitable for all skate abilities. See website www.streetlifeskates.com for session times and details. Entry Â£5 including skate hire.
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